Monster Hunter World (MHW)

How To Hunt Monsters

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A rite of passage in Monster Hunter World (MHW) is, of course, to hunt a monster! But how exactly does one do that? Read on and this article will explain the steps of hunting in Monster Hunter World! (MHW)
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Learn Monster Move Set

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Each monster in Monster Hunter World (MHW) has its move set. Stand back and watch for a few moments before deciding when to strike.

Look out for signs or signals that will allow you to predict the attack.

Know Your Attacks

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Once there is familiarity with the monster's move set, the next thing to know is the hunter's move set.

Small Attacks

When the monster is aggressive, small attacks will allow you to deal damage but have the option of dodging or rolling away.

Large Attacks

Large attacks can be reserved for when the monster is fatigued, knocked down, paralyzed, or trapped.

Maximize Damage

Every hunt has a time limit, it will always be best to hunt in the most efficient way. This is where knowledge of how to deal the most damage comes into play.

Sleeping Monster

When a monster is sleeping, the first strike deals double damage. The damage dealt can be maximized by bringing barrel bombs and using the highest damage attack to first strike the sleeping monster.

Monster Elemental Weakness

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The Ecological Resource Center has a wide variety of information regarding monsters. If there are enough Investigation points, the Ecological Resource Center has data on what elements the monsters are weak against. Maximize the amount of damage dealt during hunts by using a weapon or decorations that will optimize your build.

Fatigued Monsters

Stamina Thief is a skill that allows you to deplete the stamina of the monster you are attacking at a higher rate.

When a monster's stamina is completely depleted, it becomes fatigued. When fatigued, it moves slower, stands still more often, stays in traps more often and certain attacks can fail.

Knocked Down Monsters

There are several ways to knock a monster down. Each monster type has an optimum method as to how to topple them over. To do this, the amount of health, damage to deal, and different body parts to the best target is precious knowledge.

Paralyzed Monsters

There are several ways a monster can be paralyzed. This will stunt the monters movement and temporarily stop it from attacking.

Paralysis Ailment

Weapons can have elements or ailments. Paralysis causes the monster to be immobilized and vulnerable to high damage.

Environmental Causes

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Out in the different locations in Monster Hunter World, there are a few native creatures that can cause Paralysis. Girros, Paratoad, and Vespoids. THough, Vespoids can only affect hunters and not monsters.

Trapped Monsters

Traps are a craftable material made by hunters to bring out during the hunts. You can place it down when the monster is sleeping and drop two Tranquilizer bombs and place a trap down to capture it.

Monster Hunter World (MHW) Related Guides

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Beginner's Guide | How to Play MHW

Monster Hunter World Guides

Base Game Guides
Story Walkthrough and How to Unlock Iceborne Money Farming Guide
Food Guide and All Canteen Ingredients Best Timing for Well-Done Steak
Best Weapons for Beginners How to Pause Quests
How Do Quest Rewards Work? How to Track Monsters
What is Critical Distance? How to Use Wedge Beetles
How to Use the Chat Functions Character Creation Guide
How to Use the Training Area List of Crafting Recipes
List of Poogie Costumes How to Break Rank Caps
Monster Threat Levels How to Raise Hunter Rank Fast
Post-Game Content How to Find ??? Rathian Tracks
Weapon and Armor Augments Explanation of Each Status Effect
How To Capture Monsters How To Hunt Monsters
How To Mount Monsters Monster Parts and Weaknesses Guide
How to Join a Friend's Expedition Monster Crown Size Guides
How to Get the Dragoon Jump Emote Tailraider Safari Guide and Best Items to Get
Argosy Guide and Best Choices How to Aim Cannons
Alpha or Beta Armor Lucky Voucher Effects
Bowgun Special Ammo Guides How to Equip Skills
Difference of Cut and Blunt Damage Type Hunting Horn Notes and Effects
Unchangeable Features Turf Wars and List of Matchups
List of Trophies and How to Unlock (MHW) -

Stat Guides

Stat Guides
What Does Attack Do? What Does Defense Do? What Does Elemental Resistance Do?
What Does Affinity Do? What Does Elemental Attack Do? What is Elderseal?

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